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(WASHINGTON.) George Washington, Esqr., General and Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in America. Mezzotint, 17 3/4 x 12 inches; 4 small repairs in margins; uncut with large margins. [London]: C. Shepherd, 9 September 1775
One of the first engraved portraits of Washington ever produced, said to be after the wholly imaginary artist "Alex'r Campbell of Williamsburgh in Virginia," for a European audience eager to see the face of the new revolution. It depicts him on horseback with a drawn sword as his troops repel a British charge in the background. A copy of this print was sent to the Washingtons a few months later. General Washington replied politely, describing the subject of this print in the third person: "Mr. Campbell, whom I never saw to my knowledge, has made a very formidable figure of the Commander-in-Chief, giving him a sufficient portion of terror in his countenance"--Morgan & Fielding 53. Fowble 75; Hart 721.
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